Brexit Traitors: Two Tory MEPs Vote AGAINST Start of UK Trade Talks With EU
There was uproar in the European parliament yesterday, as it emerged that two Conservative MEPs had voted AGAINST the start of trade talks between Britain and the EU in an attempt to harm the UK. South West MEP Julie Girling and South East MEP Richard Ashworth (pictured above with Guy Verhotstadt) both backed an EU motion to BLOCK the start of trade talks between Britain and the bloc.
The vote had been called by the EU parliament’s self appointed chief negotiator Guy Verhofstadt to try to persuade the European Commission to delay trade talks.
Ashworth, a former Conservative group leader, and Girling, a former chief chief whip, o broke ranks to vote against the national interest and side with Verhofstadt.
Last night senior Tory MP Peter Bone questioned why Girling and Ashworth were still in the party.
He said: “Whether you are a Leaver or Remainer it is against the national interest for the talks to not progress on to trade and the future relationship.
He added: “Of course MEPs are irrelevant now that we are leaving the EU so their vote doesn’t really matter.”
Ashworth and Girling’s Tory MEP colleague David Campbell Bannerman, a leading Brexit campaigner, branded them “disgraceful”.
“Such behaviour might be expected by the Lib Dems but Labour and in particular Richard Ashcroft and Julie Girling, the former Leader and Chief Whip of the Tories in Brussels to have voted against the national interest. This little short of a disgrace.”
A friend of Mrs Girling said she has “no intention” of leaving the Conservatives.
“While I have always respected the democratic position of the British people, I have never agreed to silently acquiesce as our country heads towards a cliff edge, with no deal and a complete withdrawal.
“The people of the South-West elected me to represent their best interests, not to preside over wanton economic self-harm.”
Westmonster Dave is the News Editor of Kipper Central.